Focus group
Prevention Practitioners
Public Health Professionals
1.5 hours
An Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention

This basics workshop introduces problem gambling, provides an overview of the factors that increase risk for individuals, and identifies opportunities to intervene.

Approximately 6 million U.S. adults—three precent—engage in problem gambling each year. Prevention Solutions at EDC understands that problem gambling is not a stand-alone issue. It disproportionately affects those with substance use or mental health disorders and those most affected by income, housing, and educational disparities.  

This workshop offers a definition of problem gambling, including a description of its adverse effects across the life span.

Training Priorities


State and community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and other public health professionals.

Learning Objectives
  •  Define the nature of problem gambling across the life span
  •  Describe factors that increase risk for problem gambling
  •  Describe the relationship of problem gambling to substance misuse
Training Content

The Nature of Problem Gambling: Definitions and Data

  • Types of gambling
  • Key definitions
  • Populations at risk
  • Adverse effects 

Risk Factors for Problem Gambling

  • Individual and family level risk factors
  • Peer and community level risk factors

Intersection of Problem Gambling and Substance Misuse

  • Understanding co-occurrence and co-morbidity
  • Identifying shared risk factors